The USAF’s C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft has been rated as effective, suitable and mission capable, by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Center.

Capability and reliability were all part of the four-month OT&E test, which was completed in January 2010.

The USAF has ordered 52 fully modernised C-5Ms from Lockheed, by 2016, with the next delivery scheduled for September 2010 to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.

The positive OT&E test results verify the Super Galaxy’s continued support for critical missions and world-wide operational contingencies.

The OT&E test results prove that the modernised A and B models of the C-5 will redefine strategic airlift for the military and will be a force multiplier in future.

A fully loaded C-5M, with improved payload and range, can fly more than 5,000 miles unrefuelled and bypass traditional en-route stops.

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The upgrade in the aircraft will save thousands of gallons of fuel, as well as decrease the amount of time needed to deliver cargo.

The USAF’s C-5M aircraft delivered needed cargo to warfighters during OT&E and set 42 world records last year. It will continue to perform combat support missions.